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Bradford fire anniversary appeal

On 11 May 2015 it will be 30 years since the Valley Parade Fire Disaster - the worst stadium fire disaster in the history of English football, when 56 supporters lost their lives at the home of our opponents today, Bradford City.

To mark this important anniversary Pulse 1, the local radio station for West Yorkshire, are on a mission to bring the nationwide footballing community together to raise money for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at Bradford University, who were instrumental in saving the lives of hundreds of people that day.

FA chairman Greg Dyke said: ‘In May it will be 30 years since the terrible tragedy that cost 56 people their lives when a fire destroyed the main stand at the Bradford City v Lincoln City match at Valley Parade.

‘It is important that football comes together to mark the tragedy and remember those who lost their lives.’

Prior to this afternoon’s kick-off, the Premier League will present a cheque to the director of the PSBRU, Ajay L Mahajan, who is a guest of the Chelsea FC Foundation at the game.

To donate to this worthy cause please visit the website www.justgiving.com/rememberthe56 or text a donation to 70070 starting with VPFA56

For example to donate £5, simply text VPFA56 5 to 70070.

In May 1985, five days after the disaster, Chelsea played a quickly-arranged fundraiser against Rangers at Stamford Bridge. A crowd of over 7,000, including many supporters of the Glasgow club, turned up despite the short notice and a Thursday evening kick-off. Over £20,000 from the game were donated to the appeal fund.

 

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